Berliner Messe & Magnificat

Berliner Messe & Magnificat

Polyphony / Stephen Layton

CDH 55408 - 0034571154084

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Here is some of the most spiritually uplifting music of our generation, sung by that most virtuosic of choirs, Polyphony. Arvo Pärt (paralleled in England by John Tavener) has succeeded in capturing the attention of a broad public through his consummate ability to weave a sense of inevitable power into music of fundamental simplicity.
The impressive Berlin Mass which opens the disc was written in 1990, the Credo being a fascinating major-key reworking of the earlier minor-mode Summa; very much an expression of joy at the lifting of the Soviet embargo on ‘sacred’ music in Estonia. Annum per Annum is a monumental work for solo organ and is here performed on the organ of St Paul’s Cathedral: a thoroughly exhilarating experience. The disc ends with the masterpiece De profundis. This most powerful of texts draws from Pärt an inexorable momentum from a beginning almost out of nothing to a devastating climax. 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Berliner Messe: I. Kyrie
    03:26
  • 2
    Berliner Messe: II. Gloria
    03:42
  • 3
    Berliner Messe: III. Erster Alleluiavers
    00:55
  • 4
    Berliner Messe: IV. Zweiter Alleluiavers
    01:10
  • 5
    Berliner Messe: V. Veni, Sancte Spiritus
    05:34
  • 6
    Berliner Messe: VI. Credo
    03:53
  • 7
    Berliner Messe: VII. Sanctus
    03:23
  • 8
    Berliner Messe: VIII. Agnus Dei
    03:08
  • 9
    The Beatitudes
    07:01
  • 10
    Annum per Annum: I. Einleitung
    01:15
  • 11
    Annum per Annum: II. K[yrie]
    01:47
  • 12
    Annum per Annum: III. G[loria]
    01:34
  • 13
    Annum per Annum: IV. C[redo]
    01:39
  • 14
    Annum per Annum: V. S[anctus]
    01:39
  • 15
    Annum per Annum: VI. A[gnus]
    02:54
  • 16
    Annum per Annum: VII. Coda
    01:11
  • 17
    Magnificat
    07:05
  • 18
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: I. O Weisheit
    02:00
  • 19
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: II. O Adonai
    02:23
  • 20
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: III. O Sproß aus Isais Wurzel
    01:07
  • 21
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: IV. O Schlüssel Davids
    02:31
  • 22
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: V. O Morgenstern
    02:28
  • 23
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: VI. O König aller Völker
    01:19
  • 24
    Sieben Magnificat Antiphons: VII. O Immanuel
    03:15
  • 25
    De profundis
    07:19